Tata Hexa Overview
Last time Tata Motors tried its hands at the premium MPV segment with the Aria, the market gave it a thumbs down. That however didn’t demotivate the company to give up on the segment entirely. The company started working on Aria’s successor, a project internally known as the Eagle. After three years of development, the all new Tata Hexa is now production ready and we’ve driven it on the outskirts of Hyderabad to find out if the Hexa can put up a fight to the mighty Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Tata Hexa Look
Though Tata has applied utmost effort in giving Hexa a distinctive image than that of its predecessor Aria, but the fact is it is a ‘heavily’ revised Aria. The company says every panel on the car has been re-sculpted. The design is highly appreciable with the front profile having high-set clamshell bonnet, large hexagonal grille and swept back headlamps. There is large air dam below the bumper while the LED DRLs and the fog lamps beneath lend a handsome look to the car.
While lines and creases on the sides and the overall proportion of the car do show traits of a crossover, the company has tried to add butch looks as much as possible. The lower plastic cladding, flared wheel arches, 19-inch two-spoke alloy wheels, and roof rails, all add some strength to the profile while the blackened pillars create a floating roof effect. The ORVMs are huge and they come integrated with LED turn indicators. Then there is prominent Hexa branding in the form of chrome strip on the large third-row window which is certainly a nice touch. The use of chrome strips is also on the door handles adding a little more panache, increasing the sense of richness.
At the rear, the opinions can be polarized but most would agree that the best view of Hexa is when it is viewed from the rear quarter. The car looks modern, contemporary and eye catchy with each element contributing to the looks. The stylish wraparound horizontal tail lights with integrated LED lighting technology, looks captivating to the senses. The tail lamps are connected via thick chrome strip with the company logo in the middle standing like a boss. Other elements such as meaty tail pipes and the small spoiler at the top also enhance the more upright stance of the car.
Tata Hexa Comfort
The interiors of the Tata Hexa are truly welcoming; thanks to the all-black cabin with superb finishing that gives the feel of a premium vehicle. The car features piano-back inserts and brushed grey plastic and the effort seems to be towards making the dashboard look cool. However, by utilizing several materials and plastics, it looks like the design is lacking classiness. The steering wheel reminds us of the newer generation cars coming out of Tata’s stable. There are mounted controls for audio, telephony and cruise on the large 4-spoke tilt adjustable steering. Sadly, the steering is only rake adjustable not reach and this is certainly a down considering the price this car falls in.
Tata has really upped the game in terms of advanced features. The Hexa features instrument cluster with two large analogue dials along with a 3.5-inch advanced driver information display resting in between. The driver information display (DIS) give loads of information and one can switch through the information by using stalks on the right hand side of the steering. Coming to the centre console, it has been gracefully divided with the top portion featuring ac vents and chrome accents and below there is a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.
The ConnectNext infotainment with chrome surrounds looks pretty and in fact similar in size fitted in other Tata cars such as Bolt and Zest. But it does the required job as it is loaded with plenty of tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The unit also supports plenty of apps including Juke App through which a song playlist can be automatically created to playback desired songs of all the passengers. The ConnectNext app suite also includes NaviMaps for navigation and Tata Smart Remote App for controlling lighting, audio and media screen. The decibels are provided by JBL with 10-speaker setup which is unexpectedly low on output.
The car features climate control the setup of which sits right below the infotainment. With individual ac vents on the floor-mounted console, the cabin takes no time in cooling. Though the HVAC unit give access to control all the blowers across the cabin, the speed can also be controlled independently via roof-mounted console. Just below the climate controls, there you get 12V charging point, USB/Aux-In connectivity as well as rotary selector for ‘Super Drive Modes’.
The door lock and unlock buttons are placed on the centre console instead of usual driver side door pad so some might feel a bit confusing initially but these things get accustomed with time. Moreover, in case you need to open the individual doors from inside, the only option are the pull-type locks which need some effort. The leather covering with white contrast stitching on the seats lends a nice look and feel. The seats are nicely cushioned and are well bolstered as well. Hop on to the driver’s seat and you will find that it can be adjustable in 8 different ways and also comes with lumbar support. However, the footwell is a bit tight since the central tunnel takes some space invading the room available for the left foot. Check for Tata Hexa in iiitdm.in
At the front, the centre armrest comes handy while the large door pads offer enough space to dump one large bottle along with small knick knacks. Coming to the second row bench seats, they are comfortable as they have fore and aft adjustment and also reclining functionality so that you can sit with your leg crossed. Further, the second row can be split folded in 60:40 ratio while the occupants will also like the side shades which are manually deployable.
And just like most 7-seater vehicles, the third row passengers will be least comfortable. The last row can be accessed by tumble folding the second-row seats. Though it has low under-thigh support, adult can sit there for short highway journeys. Another noticeable flaw is that the curtain airbags only extends to the c-pillar that means the passengers at the third row aren’t protected by them. However, the passengers at the third row do get individual headrests, 3-point seatbelts as well as convenient storage space. The headroom and legroom is just adequate and best for shorter distances as mentioned earlier. With the second and third row seats up, the boot space is 128L which is quite good as compared to cars such as XUV500 which practically gives nothing. Fold the third row seats and it frees up more space while the maximum capacity of luggage is 671L with both second and third row seats folded. Overall, Tata has done a commendable job in terms of providing comfort and practicality in this car.
Tata Hexa Gearbox
Tata has used the VARICOR400 engine, that powers the top-end Safari Storme. With the Hexa, the same state of tune has been used and power is at a respectable 154 hp, but the talking point is the 400Nm torque. In simple words, the torque is ample to move the two-tonne-plus MPV over paved terrain with utmost ease. For most of our driving duration on the highway, the Hexa was in the 1,500 to 3,000 rpm range and it returned an impressive figure of 13.1 km/l on the MID (or Multi Information Display). This engine has two transmission options, a 6-speed manual transmission which is exactly the same as found in the Storme and a Punch Powerglide Strasbourg 6-speed automatic transmission. It is a torque converter unit, but this gearbox is well tuned for the engine. The engine noise doesn’t filter much into the cabin, partly due to the good Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) proofing.
While most torque converters have the inherent issue of shift shocks, this automatic is one of the most refined units we have driven so far.The gear shifts are quick and the turbo lag is well-controlled. The transmission responds quickly to kick-downs. Along with the ‘D’ mode, the driver also gets to choose from a ‘Sport’ or ‘Dynamic’ mode where each gear is held for longer for an engaging drive when needed. It can be shifted to a manual mode where a tip-tronic lets you change gears when you want to. There isn’t a paddle shift arrangement, but with the Dynamic mode is pretty good too.The manual gearbox, on the other hand, was slightly notchy and sometime slotting the gear was a bit of a problem.
Tata Hexa Rideing
Hexa is a revelation in itself with a pretty smooth and swift drive experience. The steering wheel is a delight to hold and it responds well to the driver’s finger tips. The cabin has very less noise with perfectly-tuned NVH levels.There isn’t any doubt that the earlier Aria was fully capable of handling bad roads. And the traits can be seen in the successor as well. The 19-inch wheels which are largest in its class are coupled with variable rate dampers offering excellent ride quality. Moreover, the way recalibrated suspension setup dismisses the potholes and other road imperfections is truly commendable. And more rigidity in chassis has helped in fine tuning of the suspension further.
But at the rear, the suspension is much stiffer, this approach is to make the vehicle sportier. And this can be experienced at highways where the car feels totally composed as the suspension work as a cover up for the massive size of the vehicle. However, propelling it hard will increase the body roll. The hydraulic steering is light and vague at high speeds and this is a disadvantage. There is overmuch loose at the centre of steering and as you turn into the corners, it appears to be disconnected. But despite of all the odds, the Hexa is unquestionably the best in terms of ride quality in its class.
Tata Hexa Safety
Hexa features disc brakes on all four wheels as standard with a couple of secondary braking systems in the form of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) at the helm as well.In addition, there is an array of premium safety features offered with the Hexa in the form of six airbags, Corner Stability Control (CSC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll-over Mitigation, Traction Control System, Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hydraulic Brake Assist, etc., to name a few.
Tata Hexa Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 11,76,798/- (Hexa XE) to 17,11,065/- (Hexa XT 4X4). Get best offers for Tata Hexa from Tata Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Hexa price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Tata Hexa Round Up
The Tata Hexa is unlike any other Tata vehicle and has equipment found usually in luxury SUVs. It has brilliant NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) levels and an impressive automatic gearbox, which is a quantum leap for the carmaker. However, pricing will be critical to the Hexa’s success and it should undercut the Toyota Innova Crysta AT by a considerable. For the manual, it should be priced below the XUV5OO’s top-end trim. Things such as only one touch down on the driver window and lower plastic quality for the rear HVAC control panel are some shortcomings. That said, the Hexa is a big indicator of change for Tata Motors and hopefully production models and upcoming models maintain consistency.